No young football star dreams of being an NFL backup, a special teams player just barely hanging onto a job, an undrafted free agent desperate to stay on the roster; no it’s always dreams of stardom, mega-contracts, fame and glitz. However, playing in the NFL isn’t always incredibly glamorous and filled with expensive toys and soaring bank accounts.
In the Washington Redskins player’s parking lot, one is sure to pass a number of Mercedes, Bentleys, Maseratis and other high end vehicles but it’s rookie running back Alfred Morris’ car that is likely to attract the most attention. A sixth-round selection, Morris is hanging onto his 1991 Mazda 626 (Kelly Blue Book value of about $1,160) despite having signed his first professional contract.
“It has some sentimental value to it now,” Morris said of the car—his first ever—that he purchased during his junior year in college. “It just keeps me grounded, where I came from and all the hard work for me to get to this point. So that’s what helps me.”
Since sixth-round picks aren’t super protected on the roster, Morris has no plans to swap his ride (which he affectionately refers to as his “Bentley”) any time soon.
“One day, my kids are going to drive that car. If it breaks down, I’m gettin’ it fixed. That’s just how I am.”